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    Building AI pathways in Airport Design Editor

    I don't think we'll ever see the AI using sloped runways in XP any time soon. AI traffic is probably one of the reasons that MS left out sloped runways in FSX. Despite some statements made on AVSim to the contrary, it is possible to make an airport in FSX with a sloped runway. There is a perfectly good example of one in the AVSim library. I also get annoyed how finicky the VOXATC AI aircraft are with some airports. But when I take a look at the offending ADE file, I realize that the airport's geometry is modeled inaccurately. With ADE, given both an accurate aerial orthoimage and the airport chart, it doesn't take much to fix most runway and taxiway errors.
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    Building AI pathways in Airport Design Editor

    I totally agree, but it's just a general trend in the flight sim industry away from how things work to how things look. With regard to 3rd party airports, I think that it's not so much laziness on the part of developers, but rather the gradual nature of changes that occur in real life airports. Airlines come and go as do gate assignments. Comms and approaches change with each passing AIRAC. It's the same general reason that payware AI aircraft packages eventually fail. The developer is not capable of keeping up with all the short-term changes in models and liveries. Eventually, everything gets so out of date that the developer just gives up. As to airports, most 3rd party developers use ground polygons to display aprons and taxiways and not the default textures provided in ADE. These polygons are developed from aerial orthoimagery and to modify them in order to match real-world changes requires a lot of work. Sure, one can use ADE and edit a taxiway link but if the ground polygon is unchanged, the AI aircraft will follow the new taxiway link and may wander off onto the grass, etc.. I've become a fine connoisseur of corrected ADE files, but I tend to stick with creating those from the stock airports and I usually don't mess with my 3rd party airports (except to fix gate assignments) unless there's a real gaffe such a major orphan link.
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    Any good resources for Airport gate information?

    For free? Use: https://www.flightview.com/airport/OMA-Omaha-NE/departures Select airport and select a specific airline. For payware? Flightstats. Unfortunately, this requires a subscription but it's only a couple bucks a month US. Then go to a specific airport and sort the departures in "all day" mode by gate. This is the most accurate and up to date method.
  4. I bought a G27 (older model) a while back for my PS4. I'm pretty sure the G29 works with both the PS4 and the PC. Check the detailed specs on Amazon.
  5. This is a great improvement, but unless the video that you posted is for a different product, the Varjo VR headset has been billed as an enterprise unit with a projected retail price (2018-19) of somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000 US. Maybe LM will buy a few when they are released. Do you happen to know if the broad tenets of the focused design is patented or are other companies working on similar focused resolution VR headsets?
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    Excellent Response by FSLabs

    I see that tooting also unintentionally managed to make point germane to the Internet and the FSL issue. AVSim has always had stringent policy against profanity. Personally, I'm benign about online profanity but I can see the point of limiting its use even if it only makes a minority of people uncomfortable. So he used an emoji to get around the site censor bot. It just demonstrates that no matter how many rules are imposed on the Internet, clever people will find a way around them. FSL finally figured that out.
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    realityxp gtn units have updateable db but not f1's

    F1 decided that the improvements that Garmin made going from 6.21.0 to 6.41.1 were so trivial (Garmin added visual approaches and made no updates to the nav database) that it wasn't worth the effort to update the F1 version of the gauge. The RXP version has one additional advantage in that if one has two GTN gauges installed in an aircraft, they support crossfill of flightplan data.
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    Excellent Response by FSLabs

    Nothing, as far as I can tell. As to piracy, FSL was correct about protecting their intellectual property, Unfortunately their specific method of protection was deemed too intrusive by a small minority of flight sim users. It reminds me of a story of a friend of mine who worked in retail. He had just come from work and was telling everyone that two guys had come into the men's wear department, picked a bunch of stuff off of hangars and casually walked out without paying. Yeah, he said, the anti-theft tag alarm went off and yeah there was a security guard. So I asked him why they didn't chase after the thieves. He said corporate had a policy of "planned shrinkage" and it was not worth the risk to chase shoplifters through the store and the mall. The cost of shrinkage was built into the cost of goods sold to paying customers. It's a stupid system, but I guess that FSL also decided to go with the flow.
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    P3dv4 and indexer

    In addition to scenery.cfg, the 64 bit version of VOXATC 7.41 reads all the files contained in the two add-ons.cfg files in: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4 C:\ProgramData\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4 It is not necessary to do so.
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    realityxp gtn units have updateable db but not f1's

    I think that originally people on AVSim were suggesting contacting a person with a real life GTN unit but that is probably a violation of Garmin's EULA. I've lost track of this issue so maybe Garmin sells subscriptions to anyone these days. I think that Jepessen sells its own PilotPak GTN update subscription, so maybe that's what people are thinking of.
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    realityxp gtn units have updateable db but not f1's

    I'm confused about people mentioning a purchase of the GTN database subscription from Garmin. I was under the impression that the subscriptions are linked to the serial number of a real life GTN unit. I may not be just the cost as a barrier.
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    SID and STAR editor

    Sorry, I've never seen that utility in the 64 bit version 7. It's probably because people have either a Navigraph subscription or that plus an fsaerodata subscription. Some of the V7.41 VOXATC utilities don't work correctly because the 64 bit version of the utility is accidently calling a 32 bit DLL. Everyone was hoping that this (plus the UTL Bridge utility) would be fixed in V7.5, but there's been no mention of any updates for a long time now.
  13. I didn't discover the problem. The VOXATC user that did sent the information in already. Keep in mind that the fsaerodata airport ICAO update may also create conflicts with some airports in ORBX regions, especially Southern Alaska, where a number of real world airports have ICAO codes that differ from the sim's stock codes.
  14. See here: https://www.fsaerodata.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&amp;t=248#p910 fsaerodata updates some airport ICAO codes to match the real world codes. This could lead to FATAL ERROR messages in VOXATC. Follow the instructions in the post at the link above. Disable the fsaerodata database, turn off ICAO airport updates and then re enable the fasearodata database.
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    SID and STAR editor

    Do you mean the Procedure Pronunciation Editor? It's located here: G:\Program Files\Internal Workings\VoxATC P3D 4\ProcedurePronunciationEditor.exe I don't believe it works correctly with the 64 bit version of VOXATC and Windows 10. In any event, the editor only changes the pronunciation of the SIDs and STARs. To align the SIDs and STARs to the most recent AIRAC, you need a subscription to Navigraph. Even though the editor does not work, you can edit the XML file directly with either Notepad or Notepad++ and it is located here: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Internal Workings\VoxATC P3D 4\ProcedureNameConverter.xml Make a backup of the original file, in case you mess something up.
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    Unable to install Voxpop Base

    I don't use the VOXPop voices, but aren't you supposed to run the setup.exe file, not the .msi file? The setup file reads the Windows registry and finds the correct installation. It's also possible that the location of P3d4 in your Windows registry is messed up. It should be at: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\AppPath
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    GTX 1180 Very Soon Now

    Is that your final bid?😉 The article says two variants. One at $999 and another at $1499. You're probably closer to the actual retail price though, unless nVidia has just decided to sell only to Bitcoin miners.
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    GTX 1180 Very Soon Now

    $1000 to $1500 US? Forget it.
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    P3d v4.3

    It was unclear what Adam Breed meant in his answer given in that interview. It could mean anything from adding the Vulkan API to adopting an entirely new rendering engine. Breed also stressed the importance of backwards compatibility, which usually refers to the sim's file formats like BGL, MDL and AIR, but it has been possible for both LM (and also DTG and MS) to retain the file formats while making major improvements in rendering.
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    P3d v4.3

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    P3d v4.3

    PBR might fix the ugly Speedtrees issue as they natively use PBR.
  22. I do have HT enabled but I also said it has virtually no advantage over HT disabled. My system came set up that way so I never bothered to change it.
  23. I wouldn't bother enabling hyperthreading. It won't make much difference. Without it, just put all add-ons on the highest physical core. Create a BAT file to run P3d and your add-ons. Here's mine: start /b "" /affinity 0xC0 "c:\Program Files (x86)\NaturalPoint\TrackIR5\TrackIR5.exe" start /b "" /affinity 0xC0 "E:\Program Files (x86)\HiFi\AS_P3Dv4\AS_P3Dv4.exe" start /b "" /affinity 0xC0 "E:\Program Files\REX Sky Force 3D for Prepar3D v4\rexskyforce.exe" start /b "" "G:\Program Files\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3d v4\Prepar3D.exe" start /b "" /affinity 0xC0 "E:\Program Files (x86)\Little Navmap\littlenavmap.exe" The AMs are with hyperthreading enabled (8 logical cores). Notice I don't mess with the AM of P3d4 itself. I've never seen any benefit of doing so. In fact, I detect little benefit from using this BAT file (other than it makes me feel good).
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    P3d v4.3

    What I took away from the podcast is that we are lucky (despite this being Podcast #13) as users to have people like Ben and Adam who explain the inner workings of the two sims. Everyone should listen to the full podcast, as PBR is coming soon (but not immediate, as it won't be incorporated into V4.3 this month) and V5 could have a new rendering engine. The last item was a bit vague as to what that exactly means, though. VR is a big emphasis and the HTC Vive Pro got an nice endorsement. Speech Recognition may act as a catalyst for improving the ATC. Also there was a lot of discussion about 3rd party developers and how important they are to LM. Improving helicopter realism is a priority as is SimDirector. They'll probably be some more tidbits of first hand news as LM is sending 4 people to Las Vegas.
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    Non Stop Radio

    Yes. Is it realistic? No. The ATC component of VOXATC is a separate executable file that will keep running even though the main VOXATC gauge is closed. The best solution is to change the comm frequency to something random and then shut down everything.